The Harvard men’s lacrosse team will put a bow on its fall season this weekend when it faces Army and St. John’s in a pair of scrimmages at Army’s Michie Stadium. The Crimson will first take the field against the Black Knights of Army at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, and will then faceoff against the Red Storm at 2:00 p.m.
Let’s Get You Caught Up To Speed
Harvard began fall practice on Sept. 17 and will wrap up its month-long training session this weekend against Army and St. John’s. In that time, Harvard’s coaching staff has worked to integrate its 10 freshmen into the fold while refining the play of its 33 returning letter winners. The Crimson is seeking to replace three starters from a year ago, including attackmen Jeff Cohen ’12 (48-8-56) and Kevin Vaughan ’12 (17-19-36) who combined for 92 points.
Push the Pace
Under the guidance of assistant strength and conditioning coach Tim Mullen, the Crimson has pushed the pace this fall both in the weight room and on the field.
Trading Crimson for Gold
With the help of three Harvard men’s lacrosse players, Team USA defeated Canada, 10-8, July 21 to capture the gold medal at the 2012 FIL U19 World Championship.
Sophomore defenseman Stephen Jahelka, who served as a captain of Team USA, sophomore midfielder Sean Mahon and junior attackman Daniel Eipp aided the squad in winning three straight elimination games en route to the gold medal. Team USA downed Germany, 22-2, in the quarterfinals, topped the Iroquois Nation, 12-7, in the semifinal round, before earning the gold medal by defeating Canada. Eipp scored nine goals in the tournament, including one in the championship game against Canada.
Look Who’s Back
The Crimson returns 33 letterwinners from last year’s squad including three of its top five point scorers, its top two defenders and top two goalkeepers. Junior Daniel Eipp is the squad’s top returning scorer after he notched 42 points on 24 goals and 18 assists as a sophomore. Eipp ranked 47th in the NCAA in points per game (3.00), 50th in assists per game (1.29) and 76th in goals per game (1.71). He will be joined on the attack by classmate Carl Zimmerman (5-6-11) and sophomore Will Walker (15-6-21).
Senior captain Jason Gonos and sophomore Stephen Jahelka will anchor the defensive unit. Jahelka led the team in caused turnovers with 17, good for 53rd in the nation, while tying Gonos for second on the squad with 33 ground balls. Sophomore Keegan Michel ranked 11th in the NCAA in face-off win percentage at 59.6 percent (140-235) and collected a team-leading 59 ground balls.
Senior Harry Krieger and sophomore Jake Gambitsky saw the bulk of the action in goal for the Crimson in 2012. Krieger posted a 8.42 goals against average and a .510 save percentage while Gambitsky allowed 10.61 goals per game and notched a .471 save percentage.
Senior defenseman Jason Gonos was voted as the team’s captain for the 2013 season. Gonos is the 151st captain in program history and the first individual to serve as captain since Jeff Psaki ’00 in 2000.
“Jason is a young man of impeccable character and is an outstanding leader,” commented Chris Wojcik, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse. “The program is fortunate to have Jason as our Captain and I am looking forward to working closely with him over the course of the year… CONTINUE READING
Fresh Faces, New Places
Chris Wojcik ’96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, has added 10 freshmen to the Crimson roster for the 2013 season. The Class of 2016 was ranked as the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and features six student-athletes ranked in the top 100.
“I am thrilled to welcome the Harvard lacrosse class of 2016,” Wojcik commented. “Our program is fortunate to add a talented group of young men and we expect the class to make an immediate impact on the field. The players come from winning programs and they will arrive focused on helping our program reach our team goals. I am looking forward to their arrival on campus later this month.”
This year’s group of newcomers includes Inside Lacrosse’s No. 2 recruit in defenseman Bobby Duvnjak, the No. 4 recruit in attackman Devin Dwyer and the No. 22 recruit in attackman Ian Ardrey. They will be accompanied by No. 27 Walker Kirby, No. 52 Sean McDonagh, No. 68 Deke Burns, as well as Bryan Moore, Conor Murphy, Brendan Newman and Stefan Pate… CONTINUE READING
Scouting the Black Knights
Coming off its seventh-straight Patriot League Tournament appearance last spring, Army returns thirty-three players overall, including eight who started at least one game a year ago. Amongst those eight are All-American attackman Garrett Thul and first team All-Patriot League defenseman Brendan Buckley.
Thul led the team in scoring last season and enters his final season on the banks of the Hudson with 122 career goals. Sophomore midfielder John Glesener also returns as Army’s second-leading scorer from 2012. Glesener wrapped up his rookie campaign with 33 points on 16 goals and a team-high 17 assists.
Scounting the Red Storm
St. John’s advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament championship game last season where it fell to Villanova, 12-4. 28 members of that squad are back for 2013, including leading scorer Kieran McArdle. The junior posted 60 points as a sophomore on 28 goals and 32 assists.
Also back for the Red Storm are Kevin Cernuto and Ryan Fitzgerald. Cernuto was the team’s second-leading scorer (24-11-35) while Fitzgerald ranked fifth on the team (13-3-16).